But a look at the family this week, after a couple of months at Farm Sanctuary, shows the family incredibly transformed.
"Happy happy mom and babies doing so well and loving every moment of their lives!" Coston wrote on Facebook on Thursday, along with a video that's a living testament of their beautiful new lives. "From horrible backyard butcher to freedom and joy!"
"She is doing very well and settling in," Susie Coston told The Dodo on Friday, "but still very protective of her little ones, who are now big ones. They spend every moment together."